Meet Dr. Spiegel
Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Aldona J. Spiegel focuses her practice in Houston, TX on advanced breast reconstruction and microsurgery with a focus on muscle-preserving flaps, such as the DIEP/SIEA, SGAP, and TAP techniques. She is also the director of the Center for Breast Restoration at Houston Methodist Hospital’s Institute for Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Spiegel serves on the scientific advisory board for the Corrine Becker Lymphedema Foundation. She has also pioneered sensory innervation procedures in the breasts, which potentially reestablishes sensation to the breast. In addition, she is interested in all aspects of aesthetic surgery and is committed to women’s health issues in plastic surgery. Dr. Spiegel is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
Dr. Spiegel feels that as a woman and a breast reconstruction surgeon, she understands that a diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming and your choices for reconstruction can add to your uncertainty. Her goal is to help you regain your femininity in a way that enhances positive physical and mental vitality. Dr. Spiegel can provide you with advanced breast restoration procedures in a caring, supportive environment.
Skills and Specialties
Dr. Spiegel’s clinical expertise is in advanced breast reconstruction techniques and microsurgery, particularly in the area of surgical reconstruction with reinnervated autologous tissue/muscle-preserving perforator flaps, including the DIEP, SIEA, SGAP, TUG, and TAP flaps. Dr. Spiegel specializes in lymph node transfer for lymphedema, as well as advanced direct-to-implant reconstruction and fat grafting. In addition, she is interested in all aspects of aesthetic surgery and is committed to women’s health issues in plastic surgery.
Education and Training
Dr. Spiegel received her undergraduate degree and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Ottawa Medical School, Canada. After graduating with honors, Dr. Spiegel trained in general surgery at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD and completed her plastic surgery residency and a fellowship in microsurgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.
Awards and Recognitions
With more than a decade of experience and a respected reputation as one of the most highly skilled and trusted surgeons in the Greater Houston area, she has been named an award winner by Houston’s popular Top Docs magazine every year since 2006 and has also been awarded Patient Choice Awards for the past several years.
An active member in the medical community, Dr. Spiegel is involved with numerous professional organizations, including:
- Harris County Medical Society
- Texas Medical Association
- American Board of Plastic Surgery
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
- Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Plastic Surgery Research Council
- American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
- Group for Advancement of Breast Reconstruction
- Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons
- World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
- Professional Organization of Women
- The Society for Leading Medicine
- Houston Methodist Cancer Center
- Greater Houston Woman’s Chamber of Commerce-IGNITE
- American Association of Plastic Surgeons
- Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons
Dr. Spiegel has surgical privileges at many of the hospitals that make up the largest medical center in the world, the Texas Medical Center.
- Houston Methodist Hospital The Medical Center
- Houston Methodist Sugar Land
- Houston Methodist West
- Houston Methodist The Woodlands
- The Woman’s Hospital of Texas
- St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Research and Publications
Dr. Spiegel travels all over the world as an invited speaker on the different aspects of breast reconstruction and teaches live surgery. She contributes numerous articles and book chapters to medical and scholarly publications, including the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The Breast Journal. Dr. Spiegel served as an editor for the book Breast Reconstruction – Current Perspectives and State of the Art Techniques, which was published in August 2013.
Dr. Spiegel not only has a thriving practice in Houston, TX, but she is also raising her family here. She is married with three beautiful children (two sons and a daughter) who keep her busy and on her toes.
"What an amazing experience! The results were amazing on top loving to visit their office and staff. I highly recommend them to all my friends and family."
"Dr Spiegel is by far my favorite Dr EVER!!! She is not only EXCELLENT at what she does as a DR, she is also one of the most compassionate human beings I have had the privilege to meet. She helped me to feel like me again."
"After being diagnosed with breast cancer only six weeks after giving birth, my life was turned upside down over night. I immediately started chemo therapy, and a few moths later I was researching reconstructive surgeons. Dr. Spiegel came highly recommended by my oncologist, and I'd later find out it was for very good reason. Not only was I welcomed very warmly by everyone in the office, Dr. Spiegel showed me such a great deal of compassion that it really helped to put my mind at ease for my upcoming surgery. It was very clear from the wealth of information on her website, her tutorial videos, and the personal attention from everyone in office - from her PA's, to the office manager to her billing specialist - that everyone there was working together, fighting together, for the absolute best experience and results for the patient. The whole process from start to finish took a holistic approach to treating the patient. I ended up getting the DIEP Flap reconstruction surgery, and I was very worried about the final results - not just the look of the breasts, but also the abdominal scar. Dr. Spiegel explained everything in great detail to me, assured me she was going to make it all look wonderful, and after just having finished the second surgery (the cosmetic phase), I am thrilled with how it all looks so far. I'm still healing, but I cannot believe how great it all already looks. Dr. Spiegel surpassed my expectations, which were already very high. She's given me back a body I'd thought I'd never have again. My breasts look like they did when I was 20, maybe even better. And while there's no getting around the fact that this type of surgery leaves a long abdominal scar, her work left a very clean, soft line. One that over time, I know will fade and blend nicely. She contoured my entire abdominal and thigh area, and used that tissue to reconstruct the breasts. It all looks incredible. She's truly an artist. I'd highly recommend her to anyone thinking about about getting this complex surgery done after a double mastectomy. Thank you Dr. Spiegel and all you amazing souls at her office. You all helped me tremendously through such a terrifying time in my life and shepherded me to the other side of it."
"Dr. Spiegel and her wonderful staff got me through the most difficult experience of my life. Going through mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction is traumatic. I chose her over other Houston area surgeons and felt that I could trust her. Everyone in her office supported me each step of the way. First, and foremost, this is a major surgery and you rely on medical excellence to avoid important risks. She is a perfectionist regarding medical safety. Next, her artistry is outstanding. She got the best result that could be possible. Finally, if you have radiation, it is a long journey of several years to get from the beginning to end of the process, involving a year of a temporary expander before the final reconstruction. It is important to have a team that you can have that trusting supportive relationship over time. I feel very lucky and grateful that I was in the hands of this wonderful group of highly skilled women."
"When I first walked into Dr. Spiegel office I was nervous not knowing what to expect. Once I was called to a room I was treated like family and everyone was nothing but nice. Dr. Spiegel explained everything to me in detail and answered all my questions. I and now completed with my reconstruction and I feel and look amazing. Dr. Spiegel is someone I would refer anyone too she is the best in her field."